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Troy Sterling and the Active and Passive Verbs

Jerz > Writing > Grammar and Syntax > Active and Passive Verbs Introduction Active verbs form more efficient and more powerful sentences than passive verbs. This document will teach you why and how to prefer active verbs. The subject of an active voice sentence performs the action of the verb:  “I throw the ball.” The subject of a passive voice sentence is still the main character of the sentence, but something else performs the action:…

The Curse of Monkey Island: Holding the Attention of Students Weaned on Computer Games

Looking at the last two semesters taught by the author before the text adventure game and the most recent two semesters, every measure of student satisfaction is better. The only measure that might be troubling is perceived student workload. This project is very large. Even with high-level architectural design and many useful snippets of code presented in class lectures, students work very hard in this course. The amount of work…

Choose-your-own-adventure novels making a comeback

The interactive fiction concept might be spreading. Next year, HarperCollins plans to release Pretty Little Mistakes, a 600-page Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-type novel for adults by Heather McElhatton. Depending on the decisions made by the reader, the main character’s options include becoming an actress, an art thief, a cult member, or a murderer. –Aman Batheja –Choose-your-own-adventure novels making a comeback (Star-Telegram) Well, that’s not how I use the term “interactive fiction,” but I still…